Leaking of info problematic - Madonsela

Pretoria - The leaking of confidential information by a senior politician is a big problem, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday.

"The leaking and publishing of confidential information... is a problem," she told reporters in Pretoria.

But when it was a senior politician, "this is an even bigger problem", she said.

Madonsela said there was "hysteria" after her Nkandla letter to President Jacob Zuma was leaked.

This hysteria was "symptomatic of more underlying problems", she said.

Mandonsela said she was "particularly concerned over statements attributed to officials outside government".

Madonsela reportedly wrote to Zuma last week about the R246m spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her letter she reportedly cautioned him that he was second-guessing her recommendations that he repay part of the money spent on features unrelated to security, such as a swimming pool, cattle kraal, amphitheatre, and visitors' centre.

In his reply to Madonsela's report on Nkandla, Zuma indicated that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko should determine if he should repay any of the money.

Since then, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has publicly criticised her and suggested she was working with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters.

Fanie Viljoen 2014-08-28 04:10:27 PM
The whole Government is PROBLEMATIC!
Andrew M 2014-08-28 04:12:43 PM
The leak by a senior politician is also a sign of disenchantment with the present ANC leader of government. Mantashe and Duarte are totally out of order for their attacks on the Public Protector, do not forget Thuli Madonsela has a duty as the title implies to protect the public from abuse in any form or means by all and any government department and the officials as well as any wrong doing in the public domain. Well done to her and her entire staff.
Zelda Matthews 2014-08-28 04:14:00 PM
I love this woman!
Forthius Kholofelo Dau 2014-08-28 04:25:09 PM
When you are an educated woman dealing with uneducated arrogant men this is what you should expect. Keep ddoing a good job sister Thuli. Your education back round doesnt allow you to be a puppert because you can enter any institution and your qualifications will speak for you. Support you all the way
Michiel Oberholzer 2014-08-28 04:26:08 PM
Well done Madonsela!! Well done!! The reality in our country is that we have many state employees and their families who are benefitting from corrupt activities. If you earn a huge salary and have a standard 3 or 4 qualification and benefit from all of this corrupt nonsense then you most likely would criticise and defend the ones in power. Its just logical . We have nothing to aspire to in this country. Only corrupt connections takes you places. Thank you Madonsela for all your efforts and bravery!! But sadly this wont change anything.
Gregory Jaftha 2014-08-28 04:27:34 PM
ANC feeling the heat...#dontstartfiresyoucantputout
Michiel Oberholzer 2014-08-28 04:28:07 PM
Well done Madonsela!! Well done!! The reality in our country is that we have many state employees and their families who are benefitting from corrupt activities. If you earn a huge salary and have a standard 3 or 4 qualification and benefit from all of this corrupt nonsense then you most likely would criticise and defend the ones in power. Its just logical . We have nothing to aspire to in this country. Only corrupt connections takes you places. Thank you Madonsela for all your efforts and bravery!! But sadly this wont change anything.
Archie Dempster 2014-08-28 04:35:12 PM
The ANC always have problems with leaking of information
Joe Soap 2014-08-28 04:39:45 PM
Thuli for president!!!!!!
Velile Gladman Dayimani 2014-08-28 06:01:10 PM
When Bulelani Ngcuka was alleged to be a spy, it was a senior anc leader who leaked that. It is therefore a norm in the anc top echelons to leak information and deny it thereafter.